Thursday, July 21, 2016

Exploring Western Tokyo: Shinjuku Gyoen

As I mentioned in my first post about our Japan trip, we divided Tokyo into three general sections (central, western, and northern) and spent one day in each. On the day devoted to western Tokyo, we started off by visiting Shinjuku Gyoen, one of the city's largest parks. It's located just a few blocks from Shinjuku Station, the world's busiest transport hub, used by an average of 3.6 million people per day. Needless to say, it was a pleasant surprise to explore this serene park just around the corner from the hustle and bustle of the station. Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the best places to view cherry blossoms, which, as I mentioned, we missed by just a few weeks. Even so, we thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful scenery. 
 The rare photo of both of us!
Japanese women, and some men, seemed to be very sun-conscious and dutifully carried umbrellas rain or shine.
 The Taiwan Pavilion, located near the center of the park.
 The NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building.
This might be my favorite picture from our entire trip. Just an older man, painting in the park...pretty much the definition of #goals. In all seriousness, this guy was super talented and I bet he has a really interesting life story. This was one of those moments I wish I knew the language because I would have loved to have a conversation with him!
This park was absolutely PACKED with children. There seemed to be a playgroup meeting at every corner, and kids were running around everywhere.
 I had to include this photo. These kids were the CUTEST. Also, extremely stylish.




Check out previous posts from our trip to Japan below!


Arriving in Tokyo/First Impressions


Exploring Central Tokyo:



Akihabara Electronics District

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Welcome! I started Laura and Peter Down Under in July 2014 when my husband and I moved from the States to Melbourne, Australia for his job. I blog about expat life, our travels, food, and whatever else comes to mind. Follow along on our adventures Down Under!

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